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Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA

Saturday 26 August --- Guest speakers including Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Fr Rob Galea offer insights on being 'joyful missionary disciples' and how to attract young people to embark on the exciting RCIA journey. Workshops will explore the pastoral and practical aspects of the RCIA.
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Christian leadership takes imagination --- Spirit of Adventure seminar wrap-up

"Real leadership means you take the risk of being rejected. Jesus' leadership landed him on the cross. Every form of courageous leadership means that you dare to take the risk that you will be turned down."  Fr Timothy Radcliffe speaks to the 160 parishioners gathered at the Spirit of Adventure seminar. Watch/listen to his talks >
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Reflections on Mary: Prison Chaplaincy

In this brief video, Good Samaritan sister Mary O'Shannassy reflects on the challenging yet rewarding ministry of prison chaplaincy. She reflects on the witness by Mary, mother of God and advocate for those without a voice. Includes reflection questions for personal/group discussion.
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Catechist Support and Resources

We encourage catechists to visit the new webpage ‘Catechist Central’ which provides a wealth of information, guidance and support for this vitally important parish ministry. 
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Stewards of Forgiveness

These two videos offer a window into the work of chaplains and priests, often seen as ‘stewards of forgiveness’. Their experience in hearing people’s stories of suffering and sometimes self-loathing, sheds light on the liberating power of forgiveness when sought but most importantly, when received. 


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Background: Secretariat for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

In 2011, a Review of Accreditation Requirements for Pastoral Associates and Lay Chaplains was conducted by Dr Peter Carpenter. A report was then submitted to the Archbishop Denis Hart, outlining the current situation along with recommendations for a process forward.
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Ministry Supervision

Supervision provides a learning environment, which nurtures, supports and challenges growth in vocational identity so as to be more effective in our ministering to others.
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Education Bursaries

The Secretariat for Lay Ecclesial Ministry is committed, through the Education Bursaries program, to assist Lay Ecclesial Ministers with subsidies towards the financial costs of their study.
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Accreditation

Lay Ecclesial Ministers need and deserve formation of high standards that will provide them with the necessary skills and resources to adequately minister to the community they serve within. Accreditation is both a recognition and affirmation of the professionalism that is required by ministers in contemporary ministry.
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What does 'Lay Ecclesial Ministry' refer to?

Lay Ecclesial Ministry is an umbrella term utilised to bring together different groups of ministers that have existed for many years in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. 
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